Board of Trustees
Dan is a semi-retired Water and Wastewater Engineer. He has spent his entire life studying, designing and installing water treatment systems. Dan has been married to his wife Gail Addison Guss for 49 years and they have three grown children. Having grown up in the State College area, Dan graduated from State College High, and is an engineering graduate of Penn State, and holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. Dan is proud to be the son of a Penn State Extension Veterinarian and grandson of a Central PA Dairy farmer. Dan has a passion for clean water and believes that the vital foundation of clean water and a clean environment is stewardship of the land.
Jennifer's conservation experience comes from serving as the Executive Director of ClearWater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania for nearly fifteen years. She also currently serves on the Board of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and is a Trustee of The Hamer Foundation. She is also a member of the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania, which was formed in 2005 to promote the preservation and appreciation of farmland through the visual arts. A portion of the proceeds from any FPA group exhibition and sale supports Centre County Farmland Trust. As an artist, Jennifer specializes in pastel landscapes. Jennifer's day job is Director of Development for the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Her degree is in Landscape Architecture from Penn State.
Larry is a retired professor of Veterinary Science at Penn State University. Penn State and Cornell provided the educational background for a career as a practicing large animal veterinarian and later as an extension educator at PSU. He has a long-standing interest and concern about agriculture and the environment. Larry loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, canoeing and horseback riding.
Ann is a native of Western Pennsylvania, where both her maternal and paternal grandparents lived on farms. She holds a BA from Chatham University and a M.Ed. from Clarion University. She served as Watershed Specialist/Education Coordinator for the Centre County Conservation District for 17 years, retiring in 2017. At the District she also acted as a support person for nonprofit environmental organizations and she oversaw various restoration projects. She has taught in schools in the South Pacific, Western Pennsylvania, and State College and she has been a guest lecturer at Penn State University. She has lived in State College since 1976 where she raised a daughter and two sons.
Alan Schaffranek became the director of alumni relations at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences in January 2019 and oversees the coordination of events, programs, and initiatives that connect more than 31,000 alumni to faculty and staff.
After receiving his Event Leadership Executive Certification from Temple University, Alan harnessed his passion for special events and entrepreneurial spirit into his own event coordination business for over 10 years.
The worlds of event management and alumni relations collided when his career led him to the position of executive director of the C. Barton McCann School of Art in Petersburg, Pennsylvania. While there, he implemented a process that increased overall giving by 300 percent while overseeing approximately 30 special events a year.
Linda is recently retired after over 35 years at Penn State. She has been a resident of Penns Valley for over 40 years. Linda is also a shift leader and foster for PAWS and an AAUW board member. She has direct farming experience with sheep and beef cattle and is committed to conservation best practices and to farmland preservation.
Derek is a Realtor and Past President (2012) of the Centre County Association of Realtors. He grew up in Penns Valley and has strong affinity for the area of Centre County and its agricultural heritage.
Martha Grout Taylor
Trustee and Farmland Preservation Artists' Liaison
Martha is a member of the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania, a group that partners with the Centre County Farmland Trust, and is a liaison between the two organizations. She grew up in the State College area and is a graduate of State College High and Penn State, with a B.S. in Biology. She is retired from laboratory work in toxicology. Martha’s father was a Penn State Extension Agricultural Engineer, and both sets of grandparents were farmers. She values both the aesthetic and the economic value of farmland to our community.
Bob Potter is a 50-year resident of Centre County and a 40-year resident of Boalsburg. Following a career in public relations, he served as Executive Director of the Centre County Community Foundation. Along the way Bob has been involved in many community organizations, including serving as president of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, chair of the Centre County United Way campaign, and President of the Boalsburg Village Conservancy. For his community service Bob was named PSU Renaissance Person for 2005.
Communications and Events Consultant
Lisa owns Polished Oak Communications in central Pa. She is a writer with much experience covering topics in science, natural resource management and the food business. Through Polished Oak, Lisa provides communications services including strategy, content development, event planning, media relations, and social media services. She is an essayist & blogger in love with Pennsylvania's countryside — and especially smitten with barns.
The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania
The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania formed in late 2005 to promote the preservation and appreciation of farmland through the visual arts.
The Farmland Preservation Artists maintain a permanent gallery at The Field Restaurant in State College, PA.
Appalachian Food Works
As Central Pennsylvania's food hub, AFW aggregates and distributes fresh, locally raised and grown food to the people who live closest to it.
Happy Valley Adventure Bureau
The bureau's mission is to develop, promote, and engage in travel related activities and coordinate visitor services designed to enhance the economic activity and quality of life within Centre County, Pennsylvania. The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Centre County, Pennsylvania.
On Facebook: @HappyValleyAdventureBureau
On Instagram: @happyvalleypa
Happy Valley Agventures
Happy Valley Agventures is a joint effort by the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County and the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau designed to invite visitors from around the county and across the region to come and share in this rich history and enjoy what we grow, what we craft and what we create. A chance to meet our people, get to know our heritage, hear our stories and return to the roots of our region.
Tassl provides engagement management technology for networks. CCFT used the tassl mobile app to provide Farm Routes map-guide information to people on their mobile devices.